COMMODITY BUFFER PROGRAM

A Commodity Buffer is a strip of native herbaceous vegetation established at the edge of any waterway; stream, river, creek, ditch, spring, wet area, drainage, or shoreline. They are used to: 
Filter sediment and organic material from agricultural runoff

  • Filter nutrients, pesticides, and other chemicals and animal waste from agricultural runoff

  • Provide wildlife habitat and establish wildlife corridors

Payments are calculated based on water body type, farming practices in place, and adjacent crops.  For a bonus payment, trees and shrubs may also be incorporated.

Requirements

Install and maintain required buffer size according to the type of waterway, tillage practice, and associated Soil Tillage Intensity Rating 

Producers or landowners must maintain the selected practice for a minimum of three years.

Practices can be a filter strip (grass only, or grass/forb mix) or a native riparian forest (grasses, trees, and shrubs).

Commodity buffers cannot be burned

Haying and mowing must occur after July 1st

Incentives

Minimum payment of $200/acre

Compensation rates is valued at or above adjacent crop rotations (based on USDA Risk Management Agencies projected crop prices).
 

Compensation for buffers will change annually, to adjust for fluctuations in higher market values.

 

Existing buffers qualify! 

Incentive payments are based on buffer size, tillage practices, addition of woody species, and type of buffer (including existing).

Benefits

Can assist producer toward Farmed Smart Certification eligibility.

 

Can help provide regulatory certainty.


Reduces suspended and associated contaminants (ie. nutrients, pesticides and bio-solids) in runoff.


Can be grazed or hayed (with appropriate planning requirements).

Can be single species or multi-species mix such as: 

timothy, timothy/alfalfa, orchard grass/alfalfa,  bluegrass, and timothy/white clover/orchard grass/tall fescue/ annual rye 

The table below shows examples of payments made in 2019 based on yield, farming practices, and USDA RMA projected crop prices.  

For more information and some frequently asked questions on our Commodity Buffer Program CLICK HERE for our flyer

If you are interested in enrolling in a Commodity Buffer please click "Request assistance" below.  For more information contact either:
 

Anthony Hatcher

509-332-4101 x113  AnthonyH@palousecd.org
 

Garrett LaCivita
509-332-4101 x119
  GarrettL@palousecd.org

The Palouse Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All programs and services of the Palouse Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status or disability.

1615 NE Eastgate Blvd. Suite H

Pullman, WA 99163

Phone: 509-332-4101

PalouseCD@PalouseCD.org

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